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Thousands share messages of hope for our Muslim whānau

AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL

PRESS RELEASE

20 March 2019

Thousands of people share messages of hope for our Muslim whānau

As people process the attack at two mosques in Christchurch, our Muslim whānau are hurting. But there is an outpouring of love and unity coming from across New Zealand and around the world. Thousands of people have shared messages of hope, ensuring the Muslim community in Christchurch, and beyond, feels the depth of support.

“On Friday, the nation and the world were coming to grips with what happened. What we’re seeing now is a testament to the values we all hold dear; equality, kindness, unity and love,” said Tony Blackett, Executive Director of Amnesty International New Zealand.

The day after the attack, the global human rights organisation began mobilising solidarity with a website action giving people a way to send their messages of hope. So far, nearly 8000 people have done so.

Amnesty International is now sharing messages from the public on billboards, websites and newspapers around the country. This is being made possible due to a number of companies offering their services for free, including Colenso BBDO, Carat NZ, JCDecaux QMS, Lumo and NZME.

Over the coming week the public displays will show people of all ethnicities, religions and cultures – especially our Muslim whānau – the outpouring of empathy and aroha. At the same time, the campaign also invites more people around the world to add their own messages at www.amnesty.org.nz.

“Standing together, we are strong. New Zealand needs us – the world needs us – to unite now in compassion and the unwavering commitment to build a future based on respect. A country that welcomes those who have fled persecution and conflict. A society that cherishes diversity,” said Blackett.

This display of unity will be seen on billboards and newspapers in Christchurch, Dunedin, Auckland, Tauranga, Hamilton and Wellington, as well as online. The messages come from New Zealand, Australia, South Africa, Jamaica, Cook Islands, Canada, France, the US, the UK and many more countries. The list is growing by the day.

The solidarity messages will also be projected at Silo Park in Auckland on Friday night, with support from Auckland Council.

“This is a collective effort. Today we choose love over fear. Today we boldly stand with all those who have lost so much,” said Blackett.

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